In 2014, Abby Reinhard bought GP Flooring Solutions despite not having a background in the industry. Just four years later, she was named the 2018 Business Person of the Year by Rochester's Small Business Council. While the company has experienced considerable growth, Abby says that the growth was not an explicit goal, but rather an outcome of a focus on people and culture. Tune in to hear about how Abby codified the values and culture at GP Flooring Solutions, how she continues to reinforce the culture through storytelling and hiring practices, how she believes business should recognize its interconnection with all stakeholders and her personal evolution as a Conscious Leader.
GP Flooring Solutions is a commercial flooring company headquartered in the Greater Rochester area. Since Abby purchased the company four years ago, she has enjoyed growing a team from 9 to 32 employees (and growing!). Her academic background is in leadership and management, with degrees from the University of Michigan and Harvard University, and her prior career background in marketing communications, fundraising and sales.
A Rochester-area native, Abby returned to her hometown after living in Ann Arbor, Boston, and New York City. Always on the go with three young children, she also serves on the boards of The Hochstein School of Music and Dance and Blackfriars Theatre. Abby was named one of the Forty Under 40 by Rochester Business Journal in 2016; she was recognized in 2017 by Floor Focus Magazine as one of the top ten leaders in her industry under age 40; and was named the Small Business Council of Rochester's 2018 Business Person of the Year.